Allied Warships

HNMS Jan van Brakel (M 80)

Minelayer of the Jan van Brakel class

NavyThe Royal Dutch Navy
TypeMinelayer
ClassJan van Brakel 
PennantM 80 
Built byKoninklijke Maatschappij De Schelde (Vlissingen (Flushing), The Netherlands) 
Ordered19 Nov 1934 
Laid down23 May 1935 
Launched8 Feb 1936 
Commissioned25 Jun 1936 
End service1 Aug 1957 
History

HrMs Jan van Brakel escaped from Holland to the U.K. on 14 1940.
She served as a convoy escort on the east coast of the U.K. until April 1942 when she was sent to the Dutch West Indies where she also served on escort duties.
She returned to the U.K. in late 1944 where she was converted to a depotship for minesweepers.
Stricken on 1 August 1957 and expended as a target off Biak.

 

Commands listed for HNMS Jan van Brakel (M 80)

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CommanderFromTo
1luitenant ter zee 1e klasse (Lt.Cdr.) Jonkheer Nicolaas Johan Cornelis Versluys, RNN24 Aug 19397 May 1940
2luitenant ter zee 1e klasse (Lt.Cdr.) Jacobus Johannes Hogendoorn, RNN7 May 194017 Mar 1941
3luitenant ter zee 1e klasse (Lt.Cdr.) Baron Thomas Karel van Asbeck, RNN17 Mar 194113 Nov 1943
4luitenant ter zee 1e klasse (Lt.Cdr.) Adriaan Johan Quanjer, RNN13 Nov 194315 Feb 1945
5luitenant ter zee 1e klasse (Lt.Cdr.) Pieter Schotel, RNN15 Feb 19457 Mar 1945

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Notable events involving Jan van Brakel include:


15 Nov 1941
HrMs O 10 (Lt. Baron D.T. Mackay, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HrMs Jan van Brakel (Lt.Cdr. Baron T.K. van Asbeck, RNN) and HMCS Rosthern (Lt. W. Russell, RCNR). (1)

16 Nov 1941
HrMs O 10 (Lt. Baron D.T. Mackay, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HrMs Jan van Brakel (Lt.Cdr. Baron T.K. van Asbeck, RNN), HMCS Rosthern (Lt. W. Russell, RCNR), HMS Hildasay (T/Lt. W.P. Hart, RNR) and HMS Cape Argona (T/Lt. R.G. Wallace, RNR). (1)

17 Nov 1941
HrMs O 10 (Lt. Baron D.T. Mackay, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HrMs Jan van Brakel (Lt.Cdr. Baron T.K. van Asbeck, RNN) and HMCS Rosthern (Lt. W. Russell, RCNR). (1)

9 Jun 1942
HNMS Jan van Brakel (Lt.Cdr. T.K. van Asbeck, RNN) picks up 34 survivors from the American tanker Franklin K. Lane that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-502 about 40 nautical miles north-north-east of La Guiara, Venezuela in position 11°12'N, 66°39'W.

Sources

  1. File 2.12.03.6378 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)

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